Dairy free, gluten free and no sugar added recipes

watermelon, cherry, wild blueberry smoothie

My Favorite Smoothie + FREE Green Smoothie Challenge!

Out of all the Wild Blueberry smoothies I’ve made (and let me tell you, I’ve made A LOT) this one is my favorite. It’s tangy. It’s sweet. And it’s super refreshing. It’s one of those smoothies you crave on a warm summer day.

Watermelon, Cherry and Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Wild Blueberries are a staple in our house, but watermelon and frozen cherries are my go-to fruits for smoothies. If you’re not on the smoothie train yet, but totally want a ticket to ride, I’d love to invite you to join my 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge — where you can enjoy a new and delicious smoothie every day!

Why green smoothies, you ask? I love green smoothies because they’re a quick and easy way to get lots of plant goodness into your body. It takes almost no effort to pack your smoothie with nutritious ingredients, and they’re great for taking on the go when you’re in a rush or don’t have time to cook a decent meal.

Smoothies are also the perfect stepping stone into healthy eating, especially if you want to begin eating healthier, but don’t know where to start. This one simple change to your daily routine can make a huge difference in how you feel — without the need for fancy, hard-to-find ingredients or hours spent in the kitchen. Your daily infusion of liquid green goodness is sure to inspire the rest of your meals, too.

How does the smoothie challenge work? You’ll get a downloadable cookbook with 7 days of green smoothie recipes. You’ll also get how-to tips for building an amazing green smoothie and a shopping list for getting prepped for the 7-day challenge.  You can get the kiddos on board, too! Seven additional kid-friendly recipes are included, with fun names and simple ingredients, these smoothies are sure to please all the little ones in your house.

The best part of the challenge is the fun we have in my Fearless Cooking Facebook group. There you’ll find inspiration, motivation, and GIVEAWAYS on every day of the challenge! What’s not to love?

CLICK HERE to join the FREE Challenge today! We start August 21, 2017.

If you’re too eager to wait for the challenge to start on August 21st to slurp up your first green smoothie (I understand if you are – I can hardly wait!) then I’ve got you covered with my favorite Wild Blueberry smoothie recipe. It’s a great way to kick off the challenge!

watermelon, cherry, wild blueberry smoothie

Wild Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Watermelon Smoothie


  • 1 cup frozen fresh Wild Blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen tart cherries
  • 2 wedges fresh watermelon
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3-4 oz. coconut water


  1. Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately.

Looking for more of my Wild Blueberry smoothie recipes? Many of mine are here.  For breakfast try any of these Wild Blueberry delights: Belgian Waffles, Skillet Pancakes, Crumb Cake and Banana Bread. And don’t forget my wildly popular raw Wild Blueberry Energy Bites.

7-day green smoothie challenge

The Best Buddha Bowl Recipe Roundup

Buddha bowls are bright, colorful, satisfying, and incredibly nutritious. The best thing about a buddha bowl is that no recipe is required.  There’s no wrong way to create your bowl!  Are you feeling less than confident about throwing one of these bowls together? No problem! Here are a few ideas for your inspiration!A Buddha Bowl is my go-to when I need a quick and delicious meal. It’s the perfect formula meal, made in large part using whatever you have on hand. I like to combine greens, roasted veggies, beans, seeds, avocado, and grains with a drizzle of creamy dressing.

The Buddha bowl gets its name from being packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on top, much like the belly of a Buddha.  Buddha bowls are bright, colorful, satisfying, and incredibly nutritious. The best thing about a buddha bowl is that no recipe is required.  There’s no wrong way to create your bowl!

Are you feeling less than confident about throwing one of these bowls together? No problem! Below are a few of my favorites for a little inspiration!

Buddha Bowl with Creamy Sage Cashew Sauce

My Buddha Bowl of roasted vegetables, lentils, baby greens, and avocado topped with a creamy cashew sauce is pure joy. It’s also dairy free, gluten free and totally delicious. This is a super simple meal that will keep you full for hours! Namaste!

Easy Southwest Buddha Bowl

Do you spend a ton of money every day eating out for lunch? Why not make your own Southwest-inspired bowl and save your cash for something else! This Easy Southwest Buddha Bowl from Chef and RD Sarah Haas does the trick and it comes together super quick to provide you a nourishing lunch or dinner!


Vegan Korean Nourish Bowl with Barley (Bibimbap)

This Buddha Bowl from MJ and Hungry Man is a twist on a traditional, iconic Korean dish – Bibimbap. Because Korean meals typically consist of rice and an assortment of side dishes, this tasty bowl is a delicious way to clean out the fridge.

Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl 

This bowl from The Minimalist Baker is amazingly good. It’s a savory and sweet combination with a delicious maple-tahini sauce that goes well with just about anything. This bowl is comforting, satisfying, seriously healthy, and packed with flavor.


Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl with Creamy Cashew Apple Cider Dressing

This plant-based bowl from Kara Lydon is seriously delicious.  Celebrating the fall harvest with butternut squash, apples and a creamy cashew dressing, this bowl is the perfect dinner to comfort you on a chilly night.


Brown Rice Miso Macro Bowl

This tasty bowl from Mckel of Nutrition Stripped is chock full of deliciousness! It combines miso marinated wild rice, sautéed greens, ginger, sweet potatoes, and is topped with poached egg. It’s an effortless meal that covers all the textures and flavors that make the perfect meal!


Chipotle-Inspired Sweet Potato and Black Bean Power Bowl

This chipotle-inspired bowl by Fit Living Eats has all the flavors of the real thing, but in a much healthier way. She uses quinoa as a base and adds black beans instead of meat. This bowl offers a ton of satisfying fiber to help keep you feel full all afternoon!


Tropical Buddha Bowl

Kristina’s Tropical Buddha Bowl is one of my favorite bowls! It’s infused with amazing island flavor with the combination of coconut brown rice, the sweetness of the pineapple and tang of the tart cherries. It’s such a fun bowl and tastes amazing!

Creamy Butternut Squash, Broccoli + Chipotle Almond Sauce

Along with tender baked squash you’ve got the crunch from fresh broccoli, all smothered in a delicious almond sauce. Lots of textures, colors, flavors, and nutrients going on here. This recipe is a must try from This Rawsome Vegan Life. 

Nourishing Buddha Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing

This nourishing bowl from Whole Living Lauren is filled with all of my favorite things. Quinoa, garbanzos, roasted broccoli, greens, and purple cabbage…all tossed with creamy avocado and lemon tahini dressing! YUM!

Creamy Cashew Parsnip Pasta w/ Pistachios

This creamy gluten and dairy free parsnip pasta is old-school comfort food at it’s best. 

creamy parsnip pasta with cashew sauce

I had a bag of parsnips sitting in my fridge for a while so I decided to get out my spiralizer and create parsnip pasta! I tossed the pasta with a favorite sauce from my raw cooking class days. This raw cashew sauce is an awesome substitute for Alfredo, if you’re either not eating dairy or, like me, just don’t like cheesy sauces. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s made with cashews. This sauce rivals the decadent creamy texture of any cheese sauce, without being greasy or hard-to-digest.

creamy cashew and parsnip pasta

After spiralizing the parsnip noodles I sauteed them in a bit of oil to soften them up. I usually don’t bother with heating my veggie noodles, but parsnips have a slight bitter bite when eaten raw. It’s crazy how just 5 minutes in a saute pan transformed them from bitter to nutty, sweet and delicious. Roasting has the safe effect. Have you tried roasted parsnip chips? They are a super tasty treat! Just slice up, season, and roast until crispy.


I think all spiralized pasta should be topped with a nut or seed for good crunch. Shelled pistachios complement the earthy parsnips perfectly. I seasoned the pistachios myself with one of my favorite Dizzy Pig seasoning blend. Their limited release IPA herb-infused seasoning blend gets a workout at my house. I put it on everything  —  from Brussels to salmon to pistachios!

Make this creamy parsnip pasta with seasoned pistachios for a delicious gluten and dairy free comfort food fix!

I made this parsnip pasta recipe for my Inspired Vegetarian column on Healthy Aperture. You need just a few ingredients to make this quick dinner or lunch, and it only takes about 10 minutes to make, start to finish.

—> Click HERE to get the full recipe.